ECOLOGY

BIO2ECO

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, we will study environmental factors and their effects on organisms; key topics are: evolution and adaptation, properties of populations as well as interactions between organisms, including competition and predator-prey relationships. These concepts will be further illustrated with recently published research work in ecology and relevant video programs. The practical component will re-enforce some of the lecture material and introduce a number of ecological techniques. In addition, practicals will be used to illustrate the diversity of organisms in freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED1RAL or BIO1CO or approval of Subject Coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEcology: An Australian Perspective (2nd edn)PrescribedAttiwill,P. & Wilson, B.(2006)MELBOURNE: OXFORD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Elaborate on and illustrate the common principles that govern marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and interpret a number of important differences between these systems.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures and by watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

02. Analyse the processes and interactions in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems (including nutrient cycling, energy flow, biodiversity, population dynamics, inter- and intra-specific interactions, zonation, succession and invasions) and relate them to evolutionary theory.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures and watching topical documentaries, and practiced in lab/field classes

03. Use controlled experiments to investigate some of these processes and interactions in terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, and report on these using standard scientific report format.

Activities:
Practised in practicals.

04. Show awareness of research in the field of ecology by giving a presentation of a recently published paper and respond to fellow students presentations.

Activities:
Introduced in lectures and associated reading material. Students also need to study a recent publications and preparation session for oral presentation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester exam, (2,000-words equiv.)50 01, 02, 03, 04
Oral presentation (5-10 mins + 5 mins discussion) (total 500-words equivalent)10 04
Poster (300-words equivalent)10 02, 03
Four written practical reports (400-words each)30 01, 02, 03